the_shawshank_redemption_0011-5277573This month BootsnAll is hosting a project encouraging bloggers to look back on a year of travel and share stories of travel and fun. Sometimes we forget about the great places we go or the fabulous experiences we have; or perhaps there is some travel that we don’t at first consider to be ‘travel’. This is a great way to re-envision what travel means to us and realize that we all travel more than we think!

Todays Topic: Quote

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

I loved The Shawshank Redemption. In fact, I’m still not over the fact that Forrest Gump won best picture that year. I mean, seriously? A movie about some chump bumbling through life wins out over a story of honor and integrity, redemption and love? I have never forgiven Mr. Oscar and it may indeed be the only grudge I will ever hold.

As much as I love the movie it is the tagline, and a quote from the character Red, that has stayed with me all these years.

Fear can hold you prisoner.

Oh, how true is this? Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being unknown. Fear of not knowing. Fear of what people think. Fear of not reaching. Fear of what I might find. Fear of what will happen when I grow old. Fear of not doing it. Fear of making the wrong decision. Fear of regret. Fear of…

Hope can set you free.

A little hope. A little believing. Just give it a little light. Let it grow. Open the door. See what’s out there. Right there. Take a step. It’s not that far. I know.

What about you? Are you being held prisoner?